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  • A curious questionnaire with our Event Empress ~

    When it comes to weddings, our Event Empress is the ruler.

    Brittany Attaway joined us as an interim during her senior year of college and fell in love with the event planning world, especially weddings. She uses her creativity to assist clients in bringing their dream wedding to reality. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her loving husband Josh, their fur-babies Clark the cat and Henry thegolden-doodle, and is actively involved at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

    Let's find out even more about our Event Empress with this week's questionnaire...

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    What is the first thing you do when working with a client, as Event Empress?

    I try to make clients understand that events and weddings are so much more than just linens and centerpieces. They can be works of art. Whether you are a non-profit organization, a corporation or a bride, there is a message you should want to convey to your guests. As your event and wedding designer, I can help you figure out what that message is, and help you implement it impeccably through the design and flow of the event.

    How does your process unfold?

    I love to get the full story from a client – what their goals are for the event, their thoughts and their budget. Then, I take time to piece everything together so I can propose them the very best vision based on their story.

    Where do you draw inspiration from?

    I look to New York and LA for a lot of my inspiration – from pop-culture to music to fashion and events – and try to catch on to what will be coming to Oklahoma within the next six months to a year. That way I know what I’m proposing to my clients won’t be out of style by the time their event rolls around!

    What is your favorite aspect of creating?

    Creating something new that’s never been done. I draw my inspiration from the past but always work to put a new twist on it. I never want to do the same thing twice!

    How would you describe your perfect wedding?

    “Perfect” can take many forms, but to me it starts with a bride who isn’t afraid to take a risk. One that doesn’t just go along with the trends. If she’s willing to open up and let me in as her Stylist and not just her “rental provider”, we can produce a design that is custom to her personality and catered to her wants and needs. Those are the very best and create the perfect outcome!

    If you could pick one word to describe one of your weddings, what would it be?

    Speechless

    What are your strengths:

    Good listener, compassionate, seeing the big picture

    What are your weaknesses:

    Blue cheese stuffed olives, Real Housewives of Orange County and Beverly Hills

    Pet Peeves:

    No common sense, not thinking for yourself, settling for mediocrity

    Dream Vacation:

    Spend a month in Italy and live like a local…I’ve never been very touristy. I just want to eat and explore the culture at my own pace.

    Favorite Color:

    Right now…Malachite green

    Favorite Quote:

    "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

    What is one habit you have:

    I make up songs and tunes for daily tasks…from taking out the trash to completing a proposal. Every day should be a real life musical!

     

  • Looking back to help you plan ahead ~ Part 2

    I’m glad I…chose my aesthetic.

    Growing up, I spent my weekends with my mom going around the state visiting antique stores and searching for collectibles. I’ve always loved the old, and the story behind things. My aesthetic has always been vintage, so of course I chose vintage wedding décor. Yes, this wedding theme is overdone. No, it didn’t keep me from choosing what I loved for my own wedding. If you work with a stylist for your big day, be sure that you share with them your history and personality. A great stylist will be able to bring a fresh eye and perspective to any aesthetic you choose.

    ~ Brittany



     

  • Looking back to help you plan ahead ~

    I’ve always been told not to live with regrets.

    As a wedding stylist where my job is to hand select and offer only the best to my brides, it’s hard not to look back at my own wedding and think of all the “should haves and could haves.”

    However, I can also look back and think, "what would I have done differently for my wedding?"

    Over the next couple weeks, I'll be sharing few thoughts that I hope may inspire you in your own planning journey.

    To start, I wish I would have… chosen an all-white bouquet.

    I loved the colors I chose for my wedding – yellow, coral, pink and vintage blue. If I could go back, however, I would have chosen to keep those colors in the reception décor and not in my bouquet. My wedding dress was my dream dress, and looking back at photos I think a white or cream bouquet would have enhanced the dress more. Just something to think about for your own upcoming wedding! A cream bouquet never goes out of style.

    ~ Brittany

     

     

    (photo from Four Season Magazine)

  • Wedding Tip of the Week ~ Establishing a Guest Count

      

    Tip – Establish your guest count first.

    When the engagement happens and the planning begins, brides can often skip the important step of establishing their guest count and go right into other planning details. Your guest count determines a lot – like your venue, your menu, and overall cost. Don’t get stuck in a situation where you book a beautiful venue that seats 100, and then have 250 people RSVP! Or a situation where you end up spending much more than you anticipated, all because of food and beverage cost per person.

    Try this trick to tackle the daunting task of narrowing down your list. Ask your fiancé and both sets of your parents to sit down individually and write every person’s name they would want to invite down on a piece of paper. You do the same. Establish a deadline and then meet to compare your lists for duplicates and discuss everyone’s expectations. Create lists of “definitely” and “maybe.” Walk away from the list when it feels like you can’t narrow down anymore, and come back to it later with a fresh mind and perspective until you get it to where it needs to be.

    My rule of thumb – if you wouldn’t invite someone to dinner and pay for their meal, you shouldn’t invite them to you wedding. Some bride’s lists will be in the 100s and others in the 300s (or more), and that’s okay! Once you establish your guest count, everything else can begin falling into place.

    ~ Brittany


  • Those ever important wedding details ~

     

     

    Details, details, details!

    On this Wedding Wednesday let's talk details. If everything is in the details, then which ones will you choose?  Our wedding expert Brittany Attaway can help you with making those important decisions.  Looking for a jumpstart?  Read about her tips on having an It-Girl wedding and when you're ready to make the plunge, give us a call!

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    { coordinated and designed by Eventures + floral designs by The Fleuriste }